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This article is presented by:
PRADEEP KUMAR MAHATO
Client Side Tracking System
1.1 ABOUT TATA STEEL
Tata Steel, India’s first integrated steel plant was established in the year 1907, at a time when it was considered impossible to produce even a pin in India. Tata Steel has grown into a gigantic organization since it was founded in the early 20th century. Today, it is an integrated steel plant, supported by its own collieries and power plants. Its founding father Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata was a man of great vision who foresaw that India’s future dependent on industrial growth. With this vision in mind he founded Tata Steel, which is today an organization that is continuously growing. The plant located at Jamshedpur in eastern India is equipped with the latest facilities in steel makings, such as basic oxygen furnaces, A whole range of steel as well as engineering products such as ring, bearing and heavy duty equipment testifies to Tata Steel capabilities for the manufacture of the high quality products. A significant proportion of these products are exported.
Consistent with the vision and values of the founder, Jamshedji Tata, TATA STEEL strives to strengthen India’s industrial base through effective utilization of man and materials.
The means envisaged achieving this high ethnology and productivity, consistent with modern management practice.
Tata Steel recognizes that while honesty and integrity are essential ingredients of a strong and stable enterprise, profitability provides the main spark for economic active.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (ITS)
Information Technology Services (ITS) is a division of Tata Steel providing information technology related solutions to various functions/departments of the company.
Tata Steel has been an early adopter of IT. There has been a steady growth of IT in Tata Steel. Since the days of IBM 1401 of 1960s. The division has been on the forefront of technology in implementing systems supporting batch processing, centralized online access, end-user computing and more recently the ERP applications such as SAP, BAAN and AVALON.
The reach and range of information systems have been significantly expanded through use of VSAT and Internet technologies to geographically dispersed operations of the Steel Company. The recent initiatives on Web based applications and e-business solutions further reinforce the department’s commitment to keep abreast with the rapidly changing IT environment throughout the world.
The Department has been divided into several groups, such as Internet, Intranet, and communication (IIC), Technical support group (TSG), HR group, Plant operation, Production base
group, Infrastructure group, various groups to extend and maintain IT systems and related activities on various platforms, Quality Assurance group etc. All the jobs that are done in
ITS are developed on specific methodology to assure quality of developed product, ITS division is ISO 9000 certified division
TISCO's attempt towards mechanization in computing dates back to over 50 years ago, with the usage of Hollerith machines. In 1967, a Computer Services Division was formed, which made a start by computerizing payroll, accounting and materials management functions. Since then this division, now known as Information Technology Services (ITS), has been responsible for the computerization efforts at Jamshedpur and its other profit centers, and in the marketing division at 27 locations.
With over 250 IT professionals, the division has developed applications for business value streams like Human Resources, and Customer Order Fulfillment, in addition to developing applications for support areas such as Maintenance, Logistics, Costing and Accounts. ITS is said to have put in over 500 man-years of efforts to develop several mission critical solutions and project and implimentations. A significant achievement of this division has been in it being able to successfully computerize the maintenance function – an area whose complexity makes it difficult to automate.
The backbone of the company's operation is supported by two IBM Mainframes – the ES/9000 – model 9121, and the recently acquired latest and more powerful 9672 of the S/390 family which are housed within the strategically important department of ITS. In addition to the IBM mainframes at the corporate level on which the business applications systems supporting over 3000 users has been implemented and IBM's AS/400 systems have been installed in production department along with a range of RS/6000 servers at remote locations by ITS.
On the software front, TISCO is a large user of IBM's OS/2 and Lotus Notes. Over 120 mainframe developers in the company use OS/2 on the desktop. A company wide E-mail system, a Document Control System, in addition to several other key workgroup applications such as helpdesk, and suggestion management system have been implemented using Lotus Notes.